Norwich church hosts international Revival conference
An historic but little-known Norwich church is set to host an international conference on the subject of Revival in June and all are invited.
The Old Meeting House Congregational Church only has a very small congregation yet is set to host the Faith For Such a Time as This conference on June 15 and 16.
Bookings have already been received from Canada and Europe and the General Secretary of the Congregational Federation will be coming from Nottingham.
Church pastor and conference organiser, Dr John Clements, said: “One of the keys to revival is understanding the works of God over the centuries and being inspired by men and women of great faith in God. The conference Faith For Such a Time as This will focus on Revival and we are praying that this conference might be the spark needed to bring revival back to Norwich.
The speaker, Michael Haykin, is Professor of Church History at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and he is the Director of the Andrew Fuller Center. As a speaker he is in great demand internationally and those who have heard him will testify that he is really anointed of God.”
His first talk on Friday evening will be on Time of Refreshing: Revival in Church History. On Saturday at a breakfast for pastors and leaders he will give a talk According to the Scriptures: Paul and his Bible. He will then give a talk on Richard Sibbes who ordained in Norwich in 1608 and how reading Sibbes can lead to revival. His second talk – The Hymns of Charles Wesley: A Vehicle of Revival. The conference will end by a talk on Andrew Fuller and Missions: The Fruit of Revival.
The talks are free to attend. Meals are being provided by Revelation Café and will be served in the Café. On Friday June 15 there will be a historic guided coach tour visiting some of the oldest chapels in Norfolk and Suffolk. Michael Haykin will be joined by Dr Joel Halcombe from the UEA where he lectures in early modern history. The coach tour and meals have to be booked in advance by June 5.
John said: “As pastor of the oldest non-conformist chapel in Norwich, founded in 1643 by the Puritan William Bridge, I meet up with many Christians in Norwich who are praying for revival to come back to this city. I am hard-wired to the belief that God has not lost any of His ancient powers and is still actively performing miracles. Wasn’t it a miracle that in a country that has largely forgotten Christian marriage that millions of people last week were able to witness the Christian marriage of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in a Christian Church and perhaps even more remarkable to hear a powerful sermon by an American preacher!”
You can find details of the conference and a booking form on the chapel’s website: www.oldmeetinghousechurch.org.uk/june-2018-conference
On Thursday June 14 at 7.30 there will be an organ concert by Anne Page from Cambridge. Anne is a founder and trustee of the Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies and she directs an annual course for the Royal Academy of Music.
Pictured above is Professor Michael Haykin. Picture courtesy of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.